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Just a couple of notes before I head down to Provo for the third day of BYU Football camp (first day in shoulder pads)...
The Oklahoma Sooners opened practice two days ahead of BYU and are already into their first day of two-a-days today. The Sooners practiced in full pads for the first time last night.
I note that thousand-yard RB DeMarco Murray (from Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High School) is expected to miss the first two weeks of camp with a hamstring injury.
Meantime, a tight end/fullback (Brody Eldredge) has been converted to center, as the Sooners' top two snappers are both banged up--Ben Halpern with a back injury and Brian Lepak (Colorado State transfer) with a high ankle sprain. The O-line coach says if the season started today, Eldredge would probably be the guy handing Sam Bradford the ball.
Some of the most notable impressions from yesterday's post-practice interviews (listen to the interview links in the "Cougar Cuts" box) came from Bronco Mendenhall and Max Hall.
Bronco is clearly excited about his depth at cornerback, and seeing as none of the junior college corners Bronco brought in to play there have taken a single snap with the "ones" yet, Mendenhall has reason to be pleased.
You should also hear Bronco talk about returning to position coaching with the nose tackles. He speaks of "getting back to his roots" and a reminder of "why you get into (coaching) in the beginning." Interesting stuff.
Hall discussed the shift of coaches Robert Anae and Brandon Doman--Offensive Coordinator Anae to the booth and QB coach Doman to the sidelines. Max says Anae is an "emotional guy" who gets "fired up on the sideline," adding that the change will allow him to "concentrate on his play calling" instead of being "caught up in the emotion of the game." Hall adds that Doman can "relate to me maybe a little better than Coach Anae can," and can "settle me down and talk me through things."